Argyll Telecom is holding an event today (June 17) as a local thank you to staff and those who have supported the company during its relocation. The business, which employs around 25 people, is moving to a new advanced facility built by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) at the HIE owned Sandbank Business Park.
Argyll Telecom is one of the leading UK suppliers of remote and lone working monitoring solutions, providing alarm call services designed to protect individuals who, by the nature of their work, may be placed in danger.
Recent changes in legislation, implemented from April 1 2009, require organisations providing services integrated with the police to have an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) meeting BS5979 standard. The Sandbank building is the first in Scotland designed to meet the new BS5979 standard and believed to be the only one in the UK dedicated to lone worker services.
The building has already aroused considerable interest with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the police have been involved in achieving Secure by Design recognition. Argyll Telecom already provide personal alarms for the English Court Bailiff service.
The offices at Sandbank were built by the Rok Group under HIE’s Framework Contract and project management was provided by Synergie (Scotland) Ltd.
The building was one of a number of capital projects brought forward by HIE in response to the current economic climate when it became apparent that without HIE’s intervention the business may have had to move away from the Dunoon area to find suitable premises. In addition to the investment in the building HIE has also approved grant funding of up to